New compostable packaging could double shelf-life of fresh produce

Packaging producer TIPA and shelf-life extension specialist PerfoTec have partnered to create a laser microperforated compostable film that reduces food waste, plastic pollution and carbon emissions while doubling shelf-life.

TIPA’s compostable packaging performs like a conventional plastic but decomposes in compost back into the soil with no toxic residue, microplastics or other pollutants.

Its packaging also fits with industry machinery and manufacturing practices.

PerfoTec’s patented high precision laser technology facilitates longer shelf-life by adapting the permeability of food packaging.

The combined technologies have been found to extend the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables and flowers by up to two times longer.

The partnership comes in response to high consumer demand to reduce food waste and combat plastic pollution.

TIPA and PerfoTec’s partnership came in response to a high consumer demand to reduce food waste and combat plastic pollution. Industry demand for environmental plastic substitutes that don’t compromise produce quality is also rising.

“After months of trials with this film, we realised that TIPA’s compostable film combined with PerfoTec’s patented laser perforation provided the best shelf-life for fruits, vegetables and flowers by far,” PerfoTec’s CEO, Bas Groeneweg said.

“It provides longer shelf-life and freshness which means fewer quality losses, less food waste and cost savings for producers and retailers.

“Partnering with TIPA to create compostable packaging that can outperform conventional plastic is a hugely exciting step forward for sustainable packaging. We’re delighted to be playing our part in the stride against quality losses, food waste and plastic pollution.”

Ayellet Zinger, VP of Sales for TIPA said that combining the technologies, TIPA and PerfoTec form a synergistic partnership that optimises flexible packaging for produce.

“We have created an exceptional product that extends the shelf-life of fruit, vegetables and flowers with a protective and fully compostable film that decomposes just like the product its packaging. TIPA and PerfoTec bring huge added value for flexible produce packaging, reducing food and packaging waste, and providing solutions for the future of sustainable packaging.”

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